Interview: author Cornelia Funke on the MirrorWorld App

Children’s fiction author, Cornelia Funke, was a guest at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival where she talked about using technology to enhance storytelling. During the session, she presented the MirrorWorld app — a compendium of living stories that expand on the fantasy world Cornelia created in her Reckless and Fearless novels. The app combines cinema, storybook and interactive elements in 16 ...

Spotlight On… O.N. Stefan

O.N. Stefan lives in Sydney, Australia and finds inspiration for the characters in her books from everywhere and anywhere.  The car chase scenes are from O.N. Stefan's memory banks because, as a child, she witnessed many car accidents as she lived near a bad T-intersection. Nearly every weekend vehicles miscalculated the sharp corner and either ran into a light post, an oncoming ...

Poetry Book Review: Drones and Phantoms by Jennifer Maiden

Jennifer Maiden is one of Australia’s most prolific and impressive poets. Leaving a string of accolades in her wake, her three most recent books have all won major prizes, including Liquid Nitrogen, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Griffin International Poetry Prize. Her latest offering, Drones and Phantoms, is again likely to attract deserved praise for its disparaging irreverence and ...

Celebrating our Member Success Stories

A big congratulations to these Writers’ Centre members, who have achieved amazing successes in 2014. Many have had their first short stories or poems published, some have won writing competitions, received valuable fellowships or residencies, and others have had their first book published. They are novelists, children’s writers, poets, writers of non-fiction, memoir and more, and they serve as an ...

Book Review: The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn

The Sky So Heavy is a dystopian novel set in Sydney’s Blue Mountains in the current day. When disaster strikes and something goes wrong with a nuclear test, Fin must do what he can to survive in an increasingly inhospitable world. Will he reach the supposed safety of the city and will anything happen with Lucy, the elusive and beautiful ...

Spotlight On… Decima Wraxall

Decima has published short stories, poems, articles and won prizes for essays. Her novel/memoir, Black Stockings, White Veil, A Tale of Adversity, Triumph and Romance at RPAH, was a Finalist in the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Historical Fiction. She was one of the editors of Our Women’s Work, an anthology from the Women Writer’s Network of the NSW ...

Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow: Interview with Laura Jean McKay

Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia, a short story collection that explores the electric zone where local and foreign lives meet. Holiday in Cambodia was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award 2014. Laura will be leaving Portarlington in Victoria to appear at the Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow at the NSW Writers' Centre on November 8. ...

Book review: A Decline in Prophets by Sulari Gentill

When people start to die on a journey home on the Aquitania, Rowland Sinclair finds himself embroiled in scandals of murder, an illegitimate child, an unwed mother, and the tragedy of the Great Depression back home in Australia. Rowland is caught in between the beliefs of the church and the Theosophist Society, an organisation that is focused on the occult and ...

Interview: Darrell Pitt on using Wattpad

I first met Darrell at this year’s Sydney Writers’ Festival. It was that awkward moment when I’m standing close enough to him and his editor to hear their conversation but not enough to be part of it. You know, when you have that half smile while trying to decide whether to move closer to be part of their talk or move ...

Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow: Interview with Gaele Sobott

Gaele Sobott is currently completing a collection of short stories on her experience of disability and life in Lakemba. She will be performing with a group of other writers at the NSW Writers' Centre on 8 November as part of the  Emerging Writers' Festival Roadshow. We spoke to her about the development of this series of performances. NoRMAL is part of ...

Spotlight On… Loretta Re

Loretta grew up in Ballarat, immersed in the story of the famous Eureka Stockade. Time spent as a history researcher and writer at Melbourne University boosted her interest in little-known snippets of Australian history. She is also a lawyer and has published many legal articles. Loretta’s other publications include a picture book for children, Flying South, which was published by Harper ...

Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow: Interview with Leigh Rigozzi

Leigh Rigozzi is a Sydney-based artist and the editor of Blood & Thunder, an infrequently published anthology of Australian comics. He is Projects & Communications Officer at the NSW Writers’ Centre. Leigh has curated an exhibition of comic art for the upcoming Emerging Writers’ Festival Roadshow and will be speaking on a panel about book design. We spoke to Leigh about ...

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